Eternal Life in Heaven is a Free Gift!
God tells us in His Word that we are all sinners. As hard as we may try to live good, moral lives, even one wrong-doing, such as a lie or bad thought, separates us from God. No one is capable of getting into heaven on his or her own merits.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
“None is righteous, no, not one;” (Romans 3:10)
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
A gift is “something voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation.” It is entirely free and cannot be paid for or earned with good works.
Though we are sentenced to death and hell because of sin, God in His great love for us, sent Jesus to die in our place.. By dying on the cross and rising from the dead three days later, Jesus paid the full price of sin and proved He is the Son of God. Because He laid down His life for us, Jesus is able to freely give eternal life to whoever believes in Him!
“You were ransomed…not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” (1 Peter 1:18-19)
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved …” (Acts 16:31)
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life” (John 6:47).
Do you believe Jesus is the Son of God who paid the price of sin for you? Have you personally placed your faith in Christ as your Savior? If so, the gift of salvation is yours! You can be sure of that!
There is no way salvation can be lost. All who are born again are kept by God the Father (Jude 1; John 10:28). If anyone who came to faith in Jesus Christ ever lost his salvation, Jesus would’ve failed on His promises. Christ’s eternal gift will never fail.
And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst…All that the Father has given Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up on the last day.” (John 6:35, 37-39)
The sacrifice Christ made on the cross was sufficient for all sins past, present and future (Hebrews 10). We are sealed by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30). Jesus Christ will always be your Savior. No matter how often you fail, no matter how far you may stray, He will not lose even one who has trusted in Him.
If God be for us, who can be against us?… For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:31, 38–39).
Are good works necessary for assurance?
Righteous living is not a co-condition for salvation, nor is it an accurate method for finding assurance. Knowing that you have eternal life rests squarely on what God did for us in sending His Son Jesus Christ! Never look to your own accomplishments, strength and worthiness to gain confidence about your eternity. Keep your eyes on Christ! Trust God’s Word, and you will have full assurance and peace.
“By grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
“Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1 John 5:10-11)
If I am saved, will my life on earth be better?
Tragic things can and do happen to God’s children. The apostle Paul is one example of a godly believer who suffered much. Jesus Christ Himself left an example of suffering (1 Peter 2:21). Circumstances of life can change in an instant. One moment we may feel like we’re on top of the world, and the next moment the world is crushing us! You must not use difficult situations in life to evaluate whether or not you’re saved. Focus on Christ and His tremendous sacrifice, remembering the price is paid. Never allow your trials to stir up doubt of His love. He will never leave you. Joy and peace are found when resting in Him!
“…In the world you will have tribulation…” (John 16:33)
“He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and buckler.” (Psalm 91:4)